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NCJ Number: 120411 Find in a Library
Title: Police of Sri Lanka -- (Police-Public Relations)
Author(s): N Ratnapala
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 108
Sponsoring Agency: University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago, IL 60607-2919
Publication Number: ISBN 0-942511-13-1
Sale Source: University of Illinois at Chicago
Office of International Criminal Justice
1033 West Van Buren Street, Suite 500
Chicago, IL 60607-2919
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: Sri Lanka
Annotation: Interviews, participant observation, and anonymous research comprised the methodology for this study of police-public relations in Sri Lanka from the perspectives of the populace as well as the police establishment.
Abstract: Surveys of various police departments revealed that their concept of public relations was largely restricted to occasional participation in religious, social, and cultural events in the community. However, local populations did not translate these public relations efforts into a more beneficient view towards the police force. The Sri Lankan police force, descended from a legacy of 150 years of British colonialism, still functions with officers who are poorly paid, marginally trained, and inadequately equipped. This study -- combining a glimpse of the daily police atmosphere with public perceptions of their role, effectiveness, and acceptance -- contends that police public relations rests on three principles of impartiality, courtesy, and understanding of the criminal and his socio-cultural environment. The respect with which law enforcement is viewed by the citizens relies to a great extent on the voluntary exercise of discretion by police officers in their physical, psychological, and monetary dealing with the public. 22 references.
Main Term(s): Foreign police/community relations; Police community relations programs
Index Term(s): Citizen satisfaction; Public Opinion of the Police; Sri Lanka
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